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A series of linked PhD dissertations are being undertaken as a core component of the commodities programme.

The Dissertations are:

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1. Masuma Farooki (2009): The Southern Engines of Growth and Hard Commodity Prices: Does China Lead to Disruptive Development?

2. Julia Tijaja (2010): The Impact of China on Global Commodity Markets: The Case of Thai Cassava Value Chains.

3. Anne Terheggen (2010): The New Kid in the Forest: The Impact of China’s Resource Demand on Gabon’s Tropical Timber Value Chain

4.Vuyo Mijimba (2012): The Nature and Determinants of Linkages in a Remote Minerals Commodity Sector: A Case Study of Gold Mining in Tanzania

5. Zeferino Tika (2012): Maintenance and Repair Services Market in Offshore Oil Extraction on the West Africa Coast: The Chain of Labour and Rents.

6. Letsema Mbayi: Industrial Development in Botswana: the Determinants and Challenges to Moving Up the Diamond Value Chain and Creating Downstream Linkages using Output from the Diamond Mining Industry

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7. Judith Fessehaie: Industrial and services strategies linked to commodity sectors. The case of the copper value chain in Zambia.

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8. Lucy Corkin (2011): Uncovering Agency: China’s role as a financier in Angola’s reconstruction programme